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The Charles E. Pont Papers on Frederic W. Goudy

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: CSC-0016


The papers consist of Charles E. Pont's correspondence and additional material collected for his biography of Frederic W. Goudy.


  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1887-1972

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open to researchers.

Conditions Governing Use

The Charles E. Pont Papers on Frederic W. Goudy is the physical property of the Melbert B. Cary Jr. Graphic Arts Collection, RIT Libraries, Rochester Institute of Technology. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns.

Biographical / Historical

Charles Ernest Pont, a painter, printmaker, magazine/book illustrator, educator, author, and clergyman, was born in France in 1898, and raised in New York City. He lived in and around New York all his life, and died in Wilton, Connecticut, in 1971. Pont met the type designer and printer Frederic W. Goudy in the mid-1930s and they began to work together on a biography of Goudy. By the mid-1960s Pont had completed more than 400 pages of a manuscript which was not published during his lifetime.

Frederic W. Goudy, a printer, typographer, and type designer, was born in Bloomington, Illinois, in 1865. He was a partner in small presses in the 1890s and then, with his wife Bertha (1869-1935) the proprietor of the Village Press, which was located in Park Ridge, Illinois (1903-1904), Hingham, Massachusetts (1904-1906), New York City (1906-1923), and Marlboro-on-Hudson, New York (1923-1939); the press was twice destroyed by fire (1908 and 1939) as was his Village Letter Foundery (1939). Goudy designed over one hundred typefaces, taught at the Art Students’ League in New York (1915-1924), and served as art director to the Lanston Monotype Machine Company (1920-1939). He died at his home, Deepdene, in Marlboro-on-Hudson, in 1947.

Eva Ellen Dean, a friend to Frederic Goudy, was a painter, illustrator, poet, and educator. Born in Storm Lake, Iowa, in 1871, she attended Buchtel College, the Chicago School of Illustration, and the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts, and taught art in Sioux City. In 1905 and she moved to New York where she studied at the Art Students League while teaching art classes in the evening and writing and illustrating a book for children; concurrently several of her poems and illustrations were published in the New York Times and New York Tribune newspapers. Dean returned to Iowa in the late teens, and in 1924 settled in Los Angeles, where she became active in local artists groups, and showed her work in exhibitions. She died in Los Angeles in 1954.


5 Linear Feet (6 boxes processed materials, 4 boxes unprocessed materials)




Series I, Correspondence (1935-1972)

Primarily contains letters between Pont and Goudy’s relatives, friends, acquaintances, and colleagues in the fields of printing, publishing, and type design, and to reference librarians in places such as the printer’s birth city, Bloomington, Illinois. Pont’s aim was to seek information on all aspects of Goudy’s life and career, as well as to acquire letters or copies of letters that Goudy had written to others. The letters show that he did receive material which he transcribed and returned to the owners; the transcriptions can be found in the Chronological Files in Series II. One of Pont’s correspondents, George L. Harding, let him borrow two dozen letters that Goudy had written to his friend Eva Dean, which Harding had purchased in 1946 from the book dealer Philip C. Duschnes; the letters were never returned to Harding and are filed in Series I following Goudy’s letters to Pont. Also present are two folders of letters from Goudy to Pont.

Series II,Research Files (1887-1960)

This is the bulk of the collection. It holds Pont’s notes, draft pages of his manuscript, photographs, clipped articles on Goudy’s life and work, type specimens and proofs, and a variety of printed ephemera that features Goudy’s typefaces. It is organized into three subseries: Chronological Files, Graphics, and Other Papers. The Chronological Files were set up by Pont, who had made a folder for almost every year between 1891 and the 1950s, and in which he had filed in dated writings by and about Goudy, clippings, offprints, keepsakes, transcribed letters, and random notes about events in Goudy’s life in any particular year. This arrangement was retained with additions interfiled from random folders (most marked “Goudy” or “to file”), and a parallel set of flat (Oversize) files were created for material that had been folded up to fit in Pont’s letter-size files. There is an oversize folder for most years so readers should consult them as well. The Graphics subseries holds a few of Goudy’s original drawings for typefaces as well as examples of Pont’s prints and drawings, including his wood-engraved portrait and the pencil drawing which was the source. The engraved block for the print is held in the Melbert J. Cary Graphic Arts Collection as part of the Coggeshall–Goudy Memorial Workshop Collection (CSC 008). Other Papers contains a few subject files, undated type specimens and other printed material, folders of Pont’s random notes, draft pages of Pont’s composition, Goudy’s draft introduction to the biography, and a dummy created by Pont which includes a drawing of the Goudy’s home in Forest Hills Gardens, Queens, New York.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from Hoffman Books in 2009.

Related Materials

The Coggeshall-Goudy Memorial Worksop Collection (CSC 008), also at the Melbert B. Cary Jr. Graphic Arts Collection, contains Frederic Goudy's correspondence files, including letters to him from Charles Pont, with a comprehensive collection of printed material, photographs, and clippings related to his life and work, as well as Charles Pont's engraved wood block for his portrait of Goudy and the final typescript of his Goudy biography.

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Frederic W. Goudy collection, CSC-0008

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Processing Information

The collection was processed by Sandra Markham between the years of 2010. The collection record was then revised and updated to the online database by Kayla Jackson in 2019. The original numbering of the folders in 2010 was changed from continous numbering through boxes, to numbering reseting at "Folder 1" for each new box. The orginal folder numbers went to "Folder 125."

The Charles E. Pont Papers on Frederic W. Goudy
In Progress
This collection was originally processed by Sandra Markham in 2010. The collection was then digitally cataloged in 2019 by Kayla Jackson.
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Repository Details

Part of the Cary Graphic Arts Collection Repository

Rochester NY 14623 US
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